Franz Tamayo Province

16- 67.083333333333Koordinaten: 16 ° 0 ' S, 67 ° 5' W

Franz Tamayo is one of twenty provinces of the Bolivian department of La Paz and is located in the northern part of the department. The province takes its present name in honor of Franz Tamayo Solares (1878-1956), a Bolivian poet, philosopher and politician. Originally, this region belonged to the province Caupolicán, which was founded by Simón Bolívar by decree of 23 January 1826 and the present-day province of Franz Tamayo, the Abel Iturralde Province, the Pando department and adjacent regions in Brazil and Peru included.


The province is located at the north-eastern slopes of the Bolivian Cordillera Real, bordered to the north by the province of Abel Iturralde, on the west by the Republic of Peru, on the south by the Province of Bautista Saavedra and the province Larecaja, on the southwest by the province of Sud Yungas, and in east by the department of Beni.

The province extends from about 13 ° 53 'and 15 ° 17' south latitude and 67 ° 25 ' and 69 ° 27 ' west longitude, it measures 140 km from north to south, from west to east and 200 kilometers.


The population of the Province Franz Tamayo has risen in the past two decades by about half:

The literacy rate in the province is 77.7 percent, and 84.2 percent, although in men and 70.3 percent among women.

The infant mortality rate has declined from 9.1 percent (1992 ) to 6.8 percent ( 2001).

65.7 percent of the population speak Spanish, 74.9 percent speak Quechua, Aymara and 11.3 percent. (2001)

97.1 percent of the population have no access to electricity, 81.9 percent have no sanitary facilities ( 2001).

61.5 percent of households own a radio, a television 6.6 percent, 28.8 percent, a bicycle, a motorcycle 2.6 percent, 2.0 percent, a car, a refrigerator 1.3 percent, and 0.1 percent a telephone. (2001)

86.9 percent of the population are Catholics, 11.2 percent are Protestant (1992).


The Franz Tamayo Province is divided into the following two counties ( bolivian: municipios ):

  • Municipality of Apolo - 13,271 inhabitants ( 2001 census )
  • Municipio Pelechuco - 5,115 inhabitants